Winter Games

Bonus Smart Region Sessions

The Connective

Brought to you by The Connective, these Bonus Smart Region Sessions will compliment your Winter Games agenda. Designed for advanced athletes, these sessions will elevate your knowledge to create smarter campuses, regions, and worlds.

Missed a Session? Don't worry we have you covered!!

We know you’re an Olympian, but you’re also human and might not be able to attend every session. That’s why our Olympic Keynotes, Ski Lodge Firesides and breakout sessions will be recorded and shared to continue your quest for the gold (at your convenience).

To watch a session, simply click the 'Watch Now' button below.

We’ll be adding videos as they become available to the ShapingEDU YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to theShapingEDU YouTube channel to be the first notified when new recordings are added!

10:45 a.m. Olympic Village Breakout Sessions

The Connective

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Smart Campus - Stories to Inspire Action and Share Successes


  • Barak Weinisman | VP & General Manager Cox 2m
  • Heath Price | Associate CIO University of Kentucky
  • Chris Richardson -|Deputy CIO ASU

Moderated by: John Rome | Deputy CIO ASU

As smart campus planning advances, one constant variable impacts the speed, trajectory and dismount: evolving stakeholder relationships. It all starts with building a collaborative mindset between technologists, educators and learners. Strap on those cross-country skis for the scenic route of intersecting and diverging perspectives from two smart campus leaders, Arizona State University and University of Kentucky. While their journeys and techniques may be nuanced, there is much common ground when it comes to defining what it means to be a smart campus today -- and 20 years from now. Cox Business, a significant R&D leader and investor in this space will share how sustainable practices call for sustainable solutions.

11:45 a.m. Olympic Village Breakout Sessions

Winter Games Smart Campus, City and World

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Smart Sister Cities
April Cavaletto | Youth and Education Coordinator at Phoenix Sister Cities
Cora Stevens | Assistant to the Vice President - Intern at Phoenix Sister Cities  

Phoenix Sister Cities exists to create people-to-people relationships between the residents of Phoenix and its sister cities. Through commercial, educational, cultural and artistic exchange programs and events, Phoenix Sister Cities creates and sustains global, long-term, international partnerships and business opportunities for the citizens of Phoenix. 

Come learn how Phoenix and its 10 sister cities across the world are progressing in their development of smart city initiatives to enhance the quality, performance, and interactivity of urban services, optimize resources and reduce costs. Analyze the current communication pathways that exist and discover what is being done to enhance collaboration globally, one sister city connection at a time.

4:00 p.m. Fireside Chat


The Connective


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State of the Smart Region

The Connective brings together 23 city, town, and county local government organizations, all to collaboratively create the nation’s largest and most connected Smart Region. Get the latest update on how The Connective is transforming Greater Phoenix into a top global market for innovation and technology. 

Following the State of the Smart Region, singer/songwriter Biddy Healey will perform an intimate acoustic solo set featuring music from her recent album, Salt River Bed. Healey's music is distinctive in its lyrical and harmonic richness, inspired by her hometown in Australia, the Sonoran desert surrounding Phoenix and the global ecological collapse we are now witnessing. Part entertainment and part exploration of the event’s themes, this performance will nudge you to connect more deeply to the country you are in. 

6:00 p.m. State of the Smart Region Gala

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Dean Doug Sylvester, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University


  • Major General John Wharton
  • Supervisor Bill Gates | Maricopa County
  • Sandra Watson | President & CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • State Representative Jeff Weninger | Legislative District 17D
  • Dean Sanjeev Khagram | ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management

Join the Institute for Digital Progress (iDP), ASU, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), MAG, Cox Business and the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) for the Annual State of the Smart Region Gala! We’re excited to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Smart Region Consortium, officially called the Connective.

In this exclusive event, the State of the Smart Region Gala will gather Elected Officials, Chief Information Officers, University Leaders, and Technology Industry Champions to network, discuss, learn and showcase the latest advancements of Smart Campus, City and Region initiatives.

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 10:45 a.m. Short Track Hack(athon)



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Pedagogical Athletes: Faculty of the Future, A Rapid Ideation Session

Dr. Minu Ipe | Managing Director & Vice Chair, University Design Institute, Advisor to the President, Arizona State University

Join University Design Institute as we use a rapid ideation approach to envision the nimble, athletic, and fast-paced Faculty of the Future. How might we collectively help train these current and future pedagogical Olympians?

10:45 a.m. Olympic Village Breakout Sessions


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Riding the Chair Lift: A Bird’s Eye View to Navigate the Digital Divide
Michelle Sullivan | Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Office of Applied Innovation, ASU
Faith Dalzell | Student Innovation Analyst, Office of Applied Innovation, ASU
Bailey Shaw | Student Innovation Analyst, Office of Applied Innovation, ASU
Jasmine Chase, Student Innovation Analyst, Office of Applied Innovation, ASU
Mukta Marathe, Student Innovation Analyst, Office of Applied Innovation, ASU

How “digital” is the digital divide? Not very— as we will see through taking this panoramic view of the digital-divide-slopes during the Winter Games. Through this interactive session, we will explore how the divide is shaped by political, social, cultural, and economic factors—and, more importantly, how we are mindfully incorporating technology into efforts to avoid the massive snow drifts we and our learners face. We hope you’ll join us as we ski through a variety of ways to shape our work, our partnerships, and our questions to ensure that digital solutions are holistically considerate of the diverse factors that influence complex systems.

4:00 p.m. Fireside Chat


Winter Games Smart Campus, City and World

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Heart of Inclusion

Alycia Anderson

Diversity and inclusion is a trending topic in today's world. We seem to be in a race to implement these programs on campus, at work and in life. This is great but now the real question is: Do we understand the inherent benefits of our efforts or are we checking off a box and moving on? 

The reality is success in this venture requires ongoing, collective collaboration and hard work. The process is unique to each person and situation. So by having an emotional understanding, we are likely to have greater success in our efforts. It's all about the past, present and future coming together and saying “Where do we go from here?” 

This talk explores the relationship between diversity and inclusion and how these concepts benefit all of us. We will explore how bias drives decisions and how communication, adaptability and belief that perceived impossibilities are possibilities are the key to success in our efforts. 

5:00 p.m. Après-Ski


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Winter Games Musical Artists Challenge

Music provides a singular experience for all who listen. Songwriters and musicians inspire us. They take us out of our current space, feelings and thoughts and into something new. Join us in the virtual ski lodge for an evening of live music!  This interactive Musical Artists Challenge is designed to provide opportunities for musicians and Winter Games attendees to engage with each other through video, audio performance, and live chat.  Come listen, chat with the artists and vote on who you want to hear from next!  ASU has also convened a panel of judges who, inspired by your votes and comments, will award musical medals at the close of the concert.


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9:00 a.m. Olympic Keynote

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Unlocking the Data to Drive a Smart Region Vision


  • Mayor Corey Woods | Mayor of Tempe
  • Dean Elizabeth Wentz | Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, ASU
  • David Cuckow | Head of Digital Sector, BSI
  • Dr. Patricia Solis | Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, ASU


  • Diana Bowman | Arizona State University
  • Dominic Papa | Arizona Commerce Authority

Board our luge for a thrilling smart-region ride through the world of making complex decisions and proposing novel solutions to challenges through the use of data. Riding with you on this 45-minute excursion will be other thrill-seekers including elected officials, policymakers, and members of the research community. We will navigate twists and turns along the path to building out a smart and sustainable region, data utilization challenges, and taking advantage of the intersection of sustainable development goals, international standards, and smart regions.

2:00 p.m. Olympic Village Breakout Session

Arizona Commerce Authority

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Automated Mobility and the Future of Cities


Ellie Casson | Head of City Policy, Waymo
Brandon Branham | Assistant City Manager/ CTO, city of Peach Tree Corners (Curiosity Lab) 
Micah Miranda | Economic Development Director, City of Chandler
Marisa Walker | Arizona Commerce Authority

Moderated by: 

Diana Bowman | Arizona State University
Dominic Papa | Arizona Commerce Authority

For city leaders, industry executives, and residents, automated vehicle technology has long been one of the most fascinating areas within the future-of-mobility space. This continues to be so, but 2020 certainly was a year in which optimistic forecasts had to be scaled back to a certain degree. Yet the underlying logic for automated driving, especially in cities, remains the same. We believe shared AVs can address mobility’s pain points in cities (such as road congestion, crowded parking spaces, and pollution) while revolutionizing urban mobility, making it more affordable, efficient, user-friendly, environment friendly, and available to everyone. 

This panel brings together Automated Mobility Leaders across both the private and public sectors. The panel will focus on where the current state of Automated Mobility lies and where 2021 will take us. These leaders will discuss key programs and strategies that will enable cities, industry, and academic research institutions to work together, collaborate, and advance the future of automated mobility in the U.S. 

4:00 p.m. Olympic Village Breakout Session

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Rise of the Regions
Dean Sanjeev Khagram | Thunderbird School of Management
Brian Dean | The Connective
Raffaele Gareri | Chief Digital Transition Officer at the City of Rome 
Jennifer Sanders | Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Dallas Innovation Alliance
Philip Thigo | Director for Africa, Thunderbird School of Global Management 

How can we take all of the lessons learned from the event and begin collaborating together on a national/global scale? How can smart regions partner? What are some pathways for success that can be scaled?

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